We all make mistakes. Sometimes, police officers make mistakes as well. When you are charged with a crime, it is best to talk to a lawyer before you talk to anyone else. Your lawyer will guide you and direct you through an ordeal that few of us ever undergo. It is a tragic thing to have to face a courtroom and a judge, and you should never even think about doing it alone.
Criminal defense lawyers are exactly what the name says. They will defend you against charges against you. They are there to make sure you have your day in court and will be heard. They are there to preserve your rights to a fair trial by a judge or a jury, whichever one you desire.
We have all seen the television programs of attorneys defending their client. Of course, this television lawyer most likely never went to law school. It makes for fine drama, but it seldom happens in real life.
Everyone has a right to a fair hearing in this country. That is why, if you can not afford an attorney, one will be appointed by the court. Sometimes, criminal defense lawyers will volunteer to represent a client free of charge. This is called “pro bono public” which means “for the public good.” It is usually shortened to simply “pro bono.”
When you are charged with a crime, you need an attorney to represent you. You should never face a judge and jury by yourself. We are not saying that you should call a lawyer every time you get a traffic ticket. There are times, however, that an attorney is going to be needed to insure that justice is served, and you have your day in court, as the old saying goes.
Lawyers have many years of law school behind them, and the face a rigorous bar exam in order to become a defense attorney. After passing the exam, they usually will ask to join a firm and watch and learn more as time progresses. When you are charged with a crime, you need that courtroom experience and years of law school on your side of the courtroom. The district attorney will have the best they can find. Why shouldn’t you, too?